Banking on Bangla

How the invention of the Bangla keyboard revolutionized the internet in Bangladesh.

This is evident from Google Play Store, where Ridmik Keyboard, is the number one choice for typing Bangla.

Typing in Bangla has become a lot easier, thanks to Shamim Hasnath, founder and CEO of Ridmik Labs.

He created the Ridmik Keyboard in 2012 as a personal project when he was a sophomore at Buet.

What started out to be a pet project is now a universally-used digital keyboard in Bangla.

Ridmik’s success was possible due to three factors free of advertisements, easy to switch from English.

It was possible to include all the typing options, ranging from Avro, Jatiyo, Privat, and others.

As of now, the keyboard app has come a long way, also featuring voice input, next-word suggestions.

Similarly, typing in Bangla has been simplified in computers thanks to Bijoy and Avro, two of the leading.

Development of the Avro Keyboard was started in 2003 by Dr. Mehdi Hasan Khan, then a student.

Avro supports writing Bangla text in both Unicode and ANSI.

It has support for fixed keyboard layout and phonetic layout named “Avro Phonetic” that allows typing.

Several fixed keyboard layouts like Probhat, Jatiya (National), Bornona, Avro Easy, Munir Optima.

The one that started it all

As of 2020, Bangla remained the seventh most spoken language across the world.

Visual-content provider Visual Capitalist ranked Bangla in the top ten of the list with 265 million natives.

But back in the day, there was no well-functioning, simple and easy-to-use software for typing.

Understanding the need for a feasible Bangla input software and scriptwriting interface.

Mustafa Jabbar, then a journalist, developed software and a keyboard layout, which revolutionized.

He established a computer business in 1987, but tech-based limitations were particularly constraining.

The printing and publishing industries in Bangladesh and other Bangla-speaking regions.

He started by creating some Bangla fonts and subsequently developing the Bangla software and a Bangla.

The keyboard layout is known as “Bijoy” in 1988, also patenting it in the process.

Bijoy has established itself as one of the top Bangla script writing interface systems.

Currently in three versions, Bijoy 21, Bijoy 71, and Bijoy 52.

Fast forward to the new millennium, the Bijoy Keyboard Layout (BDS 1738:2018) and Bijoy Coding System.

(BDS 1935:2018) were the only standards for Bangla scriptwriting in the world, before Avro and Ridmik.

Jabbar also said that even in West Bengal his invention is the market leader.

But there were challenges along the way.

For the past two decades, Jabbar has struggled to defend his patent against pirated keyboards.

And software copies were produced and imported mainly from China without his permission.

But in 2008, the inventor of the most popular Bangla computer keyboard won a prolonged legal battle.

To protect his design and software, the government stopped pirating Bangla language keyboards.

Now, Bijoy is also the only official software that has been adopted by the government of Bangladesh.

Flash forward to 2022, Jabbar is currently the telecom minister of the country.

Yet he continuously strives to put emphasis on the use of Bangla in the digital sphere.

The recent announcement of all promotional and system-generated text messages.

And notifications to be sent to mobile users in Bangla.

This feature will be beneficial for a vast number of people, since more than 65% of mobile users.

Bangladesh still uses feature phones, not smartphones, and many have a hard time reading English texts.

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